Kind Announces DTV Converter Replacement Coupons
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today announced that the Department of Commerce is now accepting requests to replace unused, expired coupons for the purchase of digital-to-analog converter boxes. Most television stations in western Wisconsin have already made the switch from analog to digital broadcasting, and the remainder will switch by June 13, 2009. Originally scheduled for February 18, the President signed into law a delay for the DTV conversion after many households who had requested converter coupons were unable to redeem them.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided an additional $650 million to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), enabling it to fulfill the 4.1 million coupon requests currently pending from 2.3 million households. NTIA is now accepting new requests and is processing them with a maximum nine-day turnaround time.
“I encourage all those who still have expired coupons and have not yet purchased converter boxes to do so immediately,” Rep. Kind said.
Each household is entitled to two coupons. Those with expired coupons or who have not yet applied for the coupons can do so online at www.dtv2009.gov, by calling 1-888-388-2009, by mailing an application to P.O. Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208, or faxing it to 1-877-388-4632. Deaf or hearing impaired callers can dial 1-877-530-2634 (TTY).